Saturday, July 11, 2009

Thoughts from Thomas Jefferson

Every once in a while, I like to read quotes from our Founding Fathers, especially from the greatest of all of them - Author of the Declaration of Independence, Virginia statesmen, and the third President of this great Nation - Thomas Jefferson.

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. "

Thomas Jefferson understood the preciousness of Freedom so much, it is maddening to see some of the ignorant fools who are running this Nation - saying they are the defenders of Freedom, when they are not.

"I, however, place economy among the first and most important republican virtues, and public debt as the greatest of the dangers to be feared."

He understood that massive debts are among the most evil actions to be feared by the government, as it will result in loss of liberty - via high taxes, government control, etc.

"I like to see the people awake and alert. The good sense of the people will soon lead them back if they have erred in a moment of surprise."

Perhaps a piece of wisdom, that should be held highly today.

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle."

The only thing he hated more then tyranny, was newspapers - however, he believed 100% in the freedom of the press, that it was important for the press & government to be separate forces (especially the media against the government).

"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

This wisdom is relevant to the Currency of the United States and the Federal reserve. As only Congress has the right to coin currency, and because it has not done so - it has been out of the hands of those it belongs to - the people & the peoples representatives, instead it has/is led/leading to a lot of problems that have occurred over the past hundred years.

Thomas Jefferson is wise.


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